When you picture a typical Thai joint, you expect the customary menu options, overly spiced curries and cheesy decor. Bangkok West is several cuts above the rest. Perhaps it's the swank Santa Monica location so close to 3rd street and having to compete with other trendy restaurants. Our excellent experience began with the excellent wait staff that helped us select the perfect amount of food for our family of five. Most places usually push more food on you - not here. Our waitress actually suggested LESS and it was the perfect amount. We're veggie, so our dishes were made to order sans fish sauce and egg. still, my wife's pad Thai was perfected cooked, the noodles nicely separated and seasoned. My children shared a red curry with tofu and mixed vegetables, so fresh and crunchy - they devoured the dish. I had the spiced eggplant with tofu. The eggplant was cut in small wedges, so soft and tender. I could taste the subtle flavors of ginger, basil, pepper - no one flavor overpowered the other. Finally, we finished off the meal with our favorite Thai dessert - mango with sticky sweet rice. We've had this dish many times in other places but this was by far the best. The mango was exquisitely ripe and sweet yet still firm. The sticky rice was not too sweet and set off perfected with a drizzle of tiny candied nuts. Prices were incredibly reasonable, too. Bravo! Bangkok West.
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